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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
22 Bowls In Focus Mark Jacobsen Area Manager BCiB Victoria Phone: 0421 997 927 Email: email@example.com www.bcib.com.au BCiB is a d ivisi o n of D om ina General Insurance Br o kers P t yL td A F SL 235383 Health Through Bowls Health Through Bowls Jane McMenaman Bowls is the easiest game in the world! That is when you are in Grade 6, have no fear or negative imagination and can bend in any direction. The jack’s an easy target, the bowl requires just one hand, you don’t get knocked over and your feet stay on the ground. Yes, this sport does appeal to youngsters and out Lancefield way the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, as the bowling sessions arranged for the two schools in the town have proved highly success- ful. So successful in fact it is now officially on the sports curriculum. The success has not only paid dividends for the schools but Lance- field have picked up three budding pennant players, now sporting the club uniform and cutting their teeth in Division 2. Youngsters Todd Trewarne and Dy- lan Tirkpos have both started playing Saturday pennant for Lancefield. But they don’t have it all their own way as Grade 5 student Bryce Memmolo is also in on the act. The program star ted last year and now with the help of the Bendigo Community Bank, which supports the concept and supplied the funds for four new sets of bowls, it has become a regular feature. Played over four weeks the bud- ding future bowlers get a three-week introduction to the game and the fourth week is the big showdown between the two schools, which so happen to be on opposite sides of town. Teams are made of up four boys and four girls and a teacher. “We are hoping to entice a third school to become involved next year,” said club president Bernie Halpin, one of the driving forces behind the program. At the recent outing there was a big turn out at Lancefield as one of the stars of the sport Barrie Lester, the Bowls Australia community devel- opment officer and a Commonwealth Games medallist, turned up to show the kids how it’s done. And while many were happy to watch, the keener ones were privy to hear on a one-to-one basis just how exciting the game can be at the top. There was little doubt on this spe- cial day in November that kids really do love bowls. - D i Gatehouse Bank supports talent nursery at Lancefield • Above: Loving it in Lancefield: (back row) Bendigo Bank manager James Smythwick, senior manager Rod Browning; and board member Hugh Drum- mond. (front row) Sophie Conlan, Scott Fitzgerald, Tracy Brown, Dylan Tirkpos (St Mary’s), international star Barrie Lester, club president Bernie Halpin, Danielle Currie, Hayley Rogers and Todd Trewarne (Lancefield Primary). • Right: Local primary students Dylan Tirkpos and Todd Trewarne are regular starters in the Lancefield club’s Saturday pennant.